I had lunch aboard the Princess TaiPing today with Nelson, Angela, Hugh, and the 1st mate who is a wonderful person but unfortunately does not speak much English. The crew had visited the home of a Chinese university professor the night before, who I am told was the grandson of the first Chinese immigrant to be given citizenship in Hawaii. I was treated to lunch of the chicken and spare ribs that they brought back from the banquet, over rice, stir-fried cabbage, and broccoli. I kid you not the spare ribs and chicken were so tender that I ate them with chopsticks. The only time that I used my hands was to separate two rib bones to get to the meat in between. It was Delicious!
The Chinese are wonderful people. I became aware of that during my visit to Hong Kong in the mid 1980's. I will miss Nelson, Angela, Hugh, and the rest of the crew.